Success Story: Pennsylvania
- Kutztown University SBDC, Pennsylvania SBDC network
- Client: Zeigler Brothers, Inc.
- SBDC Consultant: Martin Brill
“We feel extremely honored and grateful to be recognized for our success in exporting. As a small business, we’ve been fortunate to have had the support of federal agencies such as SBA, U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the support of local resources such as the Kutztown Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and World Trade Center of Harrisburg to assist us in our vision to expand globally.” – Matt Zeigler, Vice President of Operations, while accepting the SBA National Exporter of the Year award during World Trade Day in Denver
Impact of working with the Pennsylvania SBDC: Zeigler Bros Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned business specializing in the formulation and manufacture of specialty feeds. A Kutztown University SBDC client for more than 15 years, Zeigler Brothers has seen several years of remarkable growth and has recently been awarded for its achievements.
In May of 2013, Zeigler Brothers was awarded Exporter of the Year from the SBA for both Eastern Pennsylvania and the entire Mid-Atlantic region. As one of ten regional finalists, Zeigler then was selected as SBA’s National Exporter of the Year during World Trade Day in Denver. At the federal level, Zeigler was also chosen as a 2013 recipient of the President’s National Export or “E” Award, presented by the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. At the state level, Zeigler was recognized by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett at the Governor’s ImPAct Awards ceremony held in Hershey, receiving an Export Impact Award.
A strong reputation for innovation and customer satisfaction has been critical to Zeigler Brothers’ success, all made possible through a dynamic team dedicated to the company’s mission to be recognized as a global leader. Zeigler is able to attract and retain skilled team members specializing in manufacturing, nutrition, biology, international business, and logistics. Knowledgeable and passionate employees are essential to Zeigler’s highly diverse and unique product offerings. The company is ISO 9001 certified and produces over 300 products, ranging from microscopic liquid diets for shrimp larvae to feeds for exotic reptiles.